Niloofar Razi Howe

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Niloofar is an Operating Partner/Managing Director at Paladin and CSO of Endgame Inc., a cyber security software company.

Prior to joining Paladin, Niloofar was at Zone Ventures, a Los Angeles-based early stage venture capital firm. Prior to Zone Ventures, Niloofar was the CEO of a venture backed retail company, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, as well as a lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers. Read more »

Mike Moniz

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Mr. Moniz has been a Managing Director with Paladin Capital Group since 2001. He is also the cofounder, President and CEO of Circadence Corporation, a leading provider of advanced IT solutions designed to optimize networks to create smarter, faster, and more secure infrastructures. In 2008, Circadence was ranked #1 in the Deloitte Colorado Fast 50, and ranked 37th and 95th in the Deloitte Fast 500 in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Read more »

Philip Eliot


Mr. Eliot is a Managing Director of Paladin and focuses on investments in technology-driven companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Eliot has been working with early-stage technology companies since 2000, when he joined FBR Technology Venture Partners (“FBRTVP”), a $200 million venture capital fund focused on software and telecommunications companies in the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Paladin, he was a Vice President at Core Capital Partners, where he led investments in software and infrastructure companies including SilverStorm Technologies (acquired by QLogic, NASDAQ: QLGC) and RulesPower Corp. (acquired by Fair, Isaac; NYSE: FIC). Read more »

Christopher Steed


Mr. Steed is a Principal at Paladin Capital Group. Prior to joining Paladin in 2008, Mr. Steed was a Client Associate with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group (PBIG), the ultra-high-net-worth division of its Private Client Group, where he worked with the KKM Team, Merrill’s preeminent and largest team with assets under management exceeding $11.5 billion. Mr. Steed holds his Series 7, Series 66 and Series 79 certifications. Read more »

E. Kenneth Pentimonti

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Mr. Pentimonti is a Principal of Paladin focused on sourcing, negotiating and monitoring investment opportunities for the Paladin. Prior to joining Paladin, Mr. Pentimonti spent six years as an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase (and the growth-focused investment bank, Hambrecht & Quist, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase). Read more »

Mourad Yesayan

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Mr. Yesayan is a Vice President at Paladin Capital Group, focused on Paladin’s alternative energy investments. Prior to joining Paladin Capital in 2009, Mr. Yesayan was Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pacific Ethanol, Inc., the largest West Coast-based marketer and producer of fuel ethanol. At Pacific Ethanol, Mr. Yesayan was part of the founding management team where he led the build-out of the company’s financial planning and risk management functions and played a key role in sourcing equity and debt financing for the company’s $500 million construction program. Read more »

Gibb Witham

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Gibb Witham joined Paladin Capital Group in 2011. He is currently a Senior Associate and focuses on early and growth stage investments in technology companies. Prior to Paladin, he worked as an engagement manager in IBM’s strategy consulting practice. At IBM, he advised technology, life sciences, and retail clients on growth strategy for emerging business units. In his final two years with IBM, Gibb led projects focused on IBM’s cloud computing business—ranging from due diligence and business development for IBM’s life sciences cloud solution to sales strategy for cloud products across 16 industries. He has also contributed to IBM publications on strategic alliances and cloud computing. Read more »

Tom Clute


Mr. Clute is an Analyst at Paladin Capital Group. Prior to joining Paladin as an Analyst, Mr. Clute was an intern at Paladin Capital Group and Sullivan & Worcester LLP in the Renewable Energy Group. Mr. Clute earned his Masters in Management from The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) and his bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Sociology from Duke University. Read more »